Bay Harbor, Michigan
1,200 acres, 485 hectares
Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning
An industrial wasteland, scarred with the remains of an old cement plant and quarry, seems an unlikely place to build a successful mixed-use resort community with a state-of-the-art marina and championship golf course. But this site, along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, occupied land in one of the state's most sought-after vacation areas. SmithGroupJJR's interdisciplinary team helped take the development of this 1,200-acre parcel from concept through construction—ultimately winning an Urban Land Institute award of excellence.
Bay Harbor is an outstanding example of brownfield redevelopment done right. Demonstrating the power of adaptive reuse and environmental remediation, the team instituted aggressive reclamation measures, from recycling the cement plant's structural steel to incorporating retention and landscaping strategies to prevent leftover piles of kiln dust from leeching into the wetlands and lake.
A model of public access and open space, the resort features some 70 acres of prime land set aside for public use, including a mile of shoreline. Today, Bay Harbor stands as the nation's premier freshwater resort community.